New York, Nov.3 : New surveys in battleground states, including Republican safe havens such as North Carolina, show Democratic candidate Barack Obama either ahead or keeping several places in toss-up status with Republican rival John McCain. According to the New York Post, Obama has been running ahead of McCain in most polls in Ohio.
The Real Clear Politics average of Ohio polls from October 22 through October 31 show Obama ahead, 48.8 percent to McCain's 44.6 percent. In Florida, an ARG survey showed Obama ahead of McCain 50 percent to 46 percent.
In Pennsylvania, Obama is ahead of McCain 51.2 percent to 44.2 percent, in the past week. Colorado seems poised to turn blue, and fresh polling shows Obama leading in Virginia. He's also ahead in New Hampshire, Nevada and New Mexico.
Obama also has made swing-state Missouri a toss-up - and even Indiana and North Carolina, both traditional Republican outposts, are in statistical dead heats.
The Electoral College map predictor site www.fivethirtyeight.com today forecast a blowout of 333 votes for Obama to 205 for McCain.